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On Normative Dualism: Some Preliminary Thoughts on Chinese Approaches to Order and Disorder

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
Xingzhong Yu

Presentation Room, Center for Advanced Study 912 West Illinois Street Urbana

Event Description

Using one system of norms to positively maintain order but another system of norms to negatively punish disorder is a characteristic, if not unique, Chinese experience.  This can be described as normative dualism. This paper discusses this perennial feature of the Chinese normative systems by examining its phenomenological attributes which separates “Li” from “Xing” and its more profound philosophical foundation of dialecticism that distinguishes Yin from Yang, the positive from the negative and morality from punishment.

Xingzhong Yu

Cornell University Law School